Major New CAFE Standards Set

By Staff Writer April 06, 2022
New CAFE standards were set at approximately 49 mpg, beginning with model year 2024. New CAFE standards were set at approximately 49 mpg, beginning with model year 2024.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and NHTSA Deputy Administrator Steven Cliff announced “landmark” CAFE standards on Friday April 1st. The rule comes as Americans are paying record prices at the pump. The new standards, beginning with model year 2024, will boost fuel efficiency by 8% annually for model years 2024-2025 and 10% annually for model year 2026 vehicles, save money at the pump, and reduce emissions, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

The new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards require an industry-wide fleet average of approximately 49 mpg for passenger cars and light trucks, which the NHTSA says is the strongest cost savings and fuel efficiency standards to date and follow President Biden’s Executive Order aimed at a future with clean cars. The Executive Order “ Strengthening American Leadership in Clean Cars and Trucks” was signed on August 5, 2021 and sets an ambitious goal for 2030 that 50 percent of all new U.S. sales of passenger cars and light-duty trucks will be zero-emission vehicles. The latest standards will increase the estimated fleet-wide average by nearly 10 miles per gallon for model year 2026, relative to model year 2021.

Hyundai's Ioniq Hybrid leads the pack @ 58 mpg combined
According to AutoTrader data, vehicles that currently get around 49 miles per gallon are hybrids. Topping the list for highest miles per gallon (city) currently are Toyota's Prius hybrid, beginning with the 2016 model year, at around 50 mpg, Honda's Accord hybrid, model year 2017 on, at 47 mpg, and Hyundai's Ioniq hybrid, model year 2018 on, at 57 mpg. 

The original CAFE standards were implemented in 1975, by the Ford Administration, and stipulated that the average fuel economy for new cars, SUVs and light trucks would be 25 miles per gallon by model year 1985. In December 2007, Congress passed an updated CAFE law mandating that new cars, SUVs, and light trucks together average 35 mpg by 2020, an increase of 40% from the previous 25 mpg average.

As of 2014, auto manufacturers have been meeting standards of 34.2 mpg for passenger cars and 26.2 mpg for light trucks.
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